© Michael Menefee

Director of Philanthropy

Posted Date: 5/15/2018
Position Closing Date: Open until filled, early applications are strongly recommended
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt

Position Summary:

Palmer Land Trust seeks a Director of Philanthropy to build and grow the organization’s philanthropic programming, including individual giving, institutional relations, corporate and business partnerships, and planned giving. With more than 130,000 acres under permanent conservation, Palmer Land Trust is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado and is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the nation.

The Director of Philanthropy will manage a diverse range of activities including direct solicitation, identifying donor prospects, donor engagement and stewardship, relationship building, grant management, business partnerships, written appeals, and fundraising events. At the core of Palmer’s fundraising goals is building, engaging, and retaining a growing individual donor base that provides annual giving and project-based support to advance the organization’s work. The Director of Philanthropy will work closely with the Executive Director to broaden and deepen Palmer’s community-based support throughout our region.

Palmer Land Trust seeks a unique individual for this position who is interested in growing our philanthropic footprint and directly supporting Palmer’s growth as a regional conservation leader. Palmer is committed to organizational excellence and innovation, and is seeking exceptional candidates who thrive in a collaborative, high-performance environment. This is a permanent, full-time position with generous time off and a comprehensive benefits package.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage all aspects of Palmer’s philanthropic programming including annual giving, planned gifts, major gifts solicitation, institutional relationships, and corporate partnerships.
  • Meet the strategic priorities of the organization by developing and managing plans, developing and tracking metrics, and providing management and leadership to development partners, including board and staff.
  • Lead new initiatives and campaigns that ensure the organization’s long-term goals are achieved, such as growing the Conservation Stewardship Endowment and project-based initiatives.
  • Manage donor relationships and implement exceptional donor stewardship alongside the Executive Director.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, build and grow the organization’s fundraising structure and team to support Palmer’s growing impact within the region.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Five years of successful fundraising experience, including major gifts solicitation.
  • Experience working with institutional grantors, such as foundations and trusts.
  • Exceptional relationship-builder.
  • High-energy, forward-thinking, action-oriented, creative individual with high ethical standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and minimum of seven years of experience in fundraising. Experience in land conservation a plus.
  • Extensive project management experience, including ability to motivate, lead, and set objectives. Proven experience producing results and meeting program goals.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
  • Planned giving experience.

Salary & Benefits:

Compensation includes a competitive salary, health insurance, and a generous benefits and paid personal leave package. The position is based out of Palmer’s Colorado Springs office located in beautiful downtown, and in close proximity to ample recreation and open space opportunities.

How to Apply:

The position is open until filled. Early applications are strongly recommended. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and answers to the following questions to:
[email protected] with subject line “Director of Philanthropy”

Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:

  • Why does conserving land and water in southern Colorado matter to you?
  • What do you see as the greatest opportunity for Palmer Land Trust’s regional impact over the next three years?
  • Please describe your fundraising experience including specific development activities.
  • Describe your experience managing a multi-faceted program including managing people and a wide-range of activities.
  • What do you consider your most important knowledge and skills that qualify you to assume the responsibilities of this position, and how did you acquire them?

About Palmer Land Trust:

Palmer Land Trust's mission is to protect southern Colorado’s lands for present and future generations. Since its incorporation in 1977, the organization has protected 130,000 acres of working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces. Palmer is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts. It has offices in Colorado Spring and Rocky Ford. More info palmerlandtrust.org.